We’re told all the time to "buy organic" because it’s healthier and better for us.
You see, organic farmers rely on biological diversity in the field to naturally reduce the habitat for pest organisms instead of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.
Organic farmers also purposefully maintain and replenish the fertility of the soil.
But is organic really better for us … or is this just a marketing ploy to snatch more money out of our pockets?
Well, a newly published study in the British Journal of Nutrition says organic really is better.
Note — this study is the largest meta-analysis (i.e., review of studies) that has been published on this topic to date, covering 343 individual studies looking at the composition of crops and food.
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The study found lower levels of cadmium — a toxic, heavy metal — and lower levels of pesticide residues.
On average, cadmium and pesticide levels were 48% and 400% lower, respectively, in organic produce than in conventional varieties.
Cadmium is an extremely toxic metal that accumulates in the human body over time. It is classified as a Category I carcinogen, meaning it contributes to cancer development.
Cadmium has also been linked to an increased risk of everything from Alzheimer’s disease, to thyroid problems, to cardiovascular disease, to hormone imbalance.
In addition, the study found that eating organic food can boost a person’s antioxidant intake by up to 40%.
"Antioxidant" has become a very popular word in health marketing these days, but most people actually have no clue what antioxidants even are.
An antioxidant is actually not a substance at all; it’s a behavior. Any compound that can donate electrons and counteract free radicals has antioxidant properties.
Natural antioxidants are mainly found in fruits and vegetables, marine plants, and seafood. Most commonly, you may recognize vitamins A, C and E as potent antioxidants.
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On Your Body’s Cells
Antioxidants protect the body from harmful substances called "free radicals."
Free radicals are cellular molecules that float around the body, stealing electrons from healthy cells — making them free radicals in their own right.
This may sound minuscule, but the resulting oxidative stress on the body has been linked to diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke, aging, diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune diseases, cognitive decline, and eye conditions like macular degeneration.
This means that the higher antioxidant intake a body has, a better and stronger defense against these harmful diseases exists.
You Don’t Always Have to
‘Buy Organic’ to Benefit!
I understand though, that buying organic is more expensive, which is why below I’ve listed some foods that you don’t need to buy organic.
You see, the greatest benefit of buying organic foods is that it can help you avoid ingesting pesticides and other chemicals.
But, fruits with thick skin barriers are actually protected by this covering. So the chemicals never reach the actual fruit we ingest.
This includes foods like, bananas, avocados, oranges and grapefruits.
In contrast, fruits like apples, peaches and grapes (where you eat the skin) will be heavily affected by pesticides.
Also, because of their high sulfur content, certain vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, onions and garlic do not attract pests; therefore, they are not treated with pesticides.
So, don’t bother spending the extra cash on these veggies!
But no matter what, some people prefer to buy only organic food. In the end it all comes down to personal preferences and your own health goals.
Happy and healthy investing,
Uncommon Wisdom Daily